Many children these days have their own mobile phones. What are the advantages and disadvantages? Give your own opinion. (Cyprus)
Today more and more young children have their own mobile phones. Some critics say that this is a negative development. Do you agree or disagree? What is your opinion. (Germany)
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.
Jeenn Lee Hsieh
There are alarms that mobile-phone use is 'killing' children, although ‘very slowly’. The question is that, if cell phones are not safe to use, then why adults should be allowed to use them and why kids should be otherwise? Now that an increasing number of medical experts are pointing their fingers at the effects of radiation, parents have to weigh the obvious benefits against the potential health risks regarding their kids carrying handsets.
Many parents think that children should be allowed to use mobile phones as well, if only when absolutely necessary. So, dismissed are claims that mobile phones are entirely harmful. To begin with, harmful or not, it is not difficult to recognize several advantages. On the one hand, working or travelling parents could find it easier to keep in touch with their children. On the other hand, children could communicate with their families, especially in emergencies. Besides, a smart phone has actually become a popular toy featuring a variety of fun ranging from MP3 to camera to the Internet. In addition, these days a mobile phone is not expensive to buy while calling plans have become more affordable.
Nevertheless, warnings about the effects of radiation are getting ever louder. Critics begin to argue that possible unknown health risks related to the phone consumption could appear in much later life among children. According to recent reports, such radiation is likely to cause DNA damage because young children are supposed to be less defensive. For that matter, it is probable that radiation could penetrate children's thinner and softer skulls with more facility. Specifically, constant exposure could affect mental function and increase chances of brain cancer and ear tumor. In short, believe it or not, young children now being addicted to this modern communication device might fall victims to dangerous diseases in 30 years or less.
Eventually, the debate seems to focus on the importance of parental control regarding to what extent young children should be allowed to use mobile phones for their own benefits and at their own risks. At this point, everybody might know that mobile phones could be 'killing slowly' and causing death in the long run, and so what? It seems, however, that nobody is in such a hurry to that fate. (Essay created by Jeenn Lee Hsieh)